Fastest Tractor Breaks World Record
Thrill seeker and TV personality Guy Martin breaks the Guinness World Record for the fastest tractor after getting a top speed of 153.7 mph.
“Getting a five-tonne tractor to safely reach 150mph, and stop again, is not an easy task,” JCB’s innovation and growth officer Tim Burnhope said, according to Top Gear. “But we’re all so proud to have not only reached these goals, but to have exceeded them.”
The tractor is made by JBC, which is one of the world’s top three manufacturers of construction equipment. They’ve been around for 70+ years now and are known for their cutting edge innovation.
In fact, just this past June, JBC broke the world record of going 103.6 mph with its Fastrac One model but now four months later they’ve upgraded it to go way faster. Adding a more streamlined body to cut through the wind resistance and reducing the weight of the entire tractor by 10% they’re calling this modified model the Fastrac Two.
— AutoBeat Group (@autobeatonline) November 21, 2019
Breaking The Guinness World Records Again
In order to break their previous record, JBC gave the Fastrac Two 1,000 horsepower and brought it to the Elvington Airfield in York, England. With the Guinness World Records official there to record and certify the speed, they instruct Guy Martin to make two runs.
Driving as fast as he can one way and then driving again as fast as he can the other way on a half-mile track, they use the average speed of both directions to calculate the official record. The reason they do this is to be sure there is not some special circumstance that makes it go fast one way.
Guy Martin makes both runs with getting a top speed of 153.7 mph one of the ways. When they calculated the second run and averaged it out it came to 135.9 mph breaking a new Guinness World Records.